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Recommended reading for K12 district leaders

Ray Bendici
January, 2017
This education guide explores the ways new technology and designer mindsets engage students in science.

Books on improving teachers, engaging science students, evaluating second languages and teaching media literacy education.

Manufacturing education in the desert

Ariana Fine
January, 2017
DETAILS IN DESIGNS—Desert View High School in Arizona is one of the few schools that provides iSTEM Academy programs, including precision machining. Their offerings focus on recruiting female students for available career opportunities at local companies. (Maria Cota)

With nearby manufacturing plants struggling to find skilled workers, Desert View High School in Tucson, Arizona, launched a precision manufacturing program in 2012. 

6 ways to improve professional development in STEM

Larry Plank and Tomeka F. Thompson
January, 2017
Larry Plank is director of K-12 STEM education in Hillsborough County Public Schools (Fla.). Tomeka F. Thompson is the MSP program coordinator in Polk County Public Schools (Fla.).

High-quality instruction in science, math, engineering and technology requires both teaching expertise and content knowledge. Yet, at the elementary school level, many teachers haven’t had specialized education or training in science.

STEM, careers to receive more attention in 2017

Angela Pascopella
January, 2017
A total of 288 education leaders participated in this curriculum survey.

Nearly half of all superintendents say STEM will receive new or additional attention this year in classrooms, according to a DA survey of K12 leaders.

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